Plymouth high jumper Glyde leaps to the top of world U18 rankings, while King runs season’s best

CITY of Plymouth high jumper Ethan Glyde has moved joint top of the world under-18 rankings after smashing his PB at a meeting in France at the weekend.

Glyde leaped 2.15m at an event in Marseille. That was five centimetres more than he had ever jumped before.

He is now not only the number one ranked under-20 in the UK, but also fourth overall in the senior rankings and is the leading under-18 jumper in the Commonwealth.

The Plymouth-born athlete, who trains in France, will be hoping to be named in in the England team for August’s Commonwealth Youth Games when the squad is announced later this month.

Meanwhile, City of Plymouth hurdler David King is showing his form ahead of next month’s British Championships.

King rang a season’s best time of 13.49 seconds at the Paavo Nurmi Games on Tuesday night. He clocked that in the heats before running 13.56 to finish six in a strong final.

The previous week, he won the Meeting Gitta D Lucca in Italy in 13.58 seconds.

Erme Valley Harriers’ Will Battershill is also looking in good form ahead of the British Championships.

He set a new 3,000m steeplechase PB at the Meeting Iberoamericano de Huelva in Spain.

Battershill clocked 8:26.72, which was nearly a second faster than he had previously ever run over the barriers. He finished sixth in the high-quality race, where fellow GB athlete Mark Pearce came 10th in 8:35.21.

It was Battershill’s first steeplechase event since last September and has moved him straight into second in the UK rankings.

Elsewhere, City of Plymouth’s Poppy Tank finished fifth in the women’s 3,000m steeplechase at the Memoriał Płk Wiesława Kiryka meeting in Poland with a 10:13.77 run. That was only her second outing at the event, having run 10:04.88 on her debut last month.

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